Surgical Lip Lift
RECOVERY: sutures for 1 week, mild soreness
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What is a surgical lip lift?
A lip lift (modified upper lip lift or bullhorn lip lift) is a procedure that reduces the distance between the nose and lips while increasing the height and fullness of the upper lip and improving your dental show. This is accomplished by surgically excising a strip of skin from right below the nose.
What is the cost of an upper lip lift?
According to RealSelf, the average cost is $3,300. The procedure is typically always done under local anesthesia when it is done as a single procedure. Our cost includes the cost of local anesthesia and the facility fee. $2499
How is a lift lift performed?
This procedure is performed under local anesthesia in about 30-40 minutes. Precise measurements, release of tissue, and a masterful tension-free closure are the key technical aspects of the procedure; however patient selection is more important than anything else. There is minimal pain after the procedure and aside from some light pain medication and an antibiotic, minimum care is needed. Sutures are removed after one week and it takes about 1 month for the incision to heal and be unnoticeable to the naked eye.
Who is a good candidate ?
Not everyone is a perfect candidate. In general the best indication for the procedure are those patients with a LONG upper lip length and a short upper lip height. This procedure is a natural alternative to repeated filler injections and overall can be used as a cost savings treatment as the cost of lip fillers can add up over a lifetime.
Key measurements to determine candidacy include the ratio of length between the upper lip and distance between the nose and upper lip. Those who scar poorly are also not great candidates in general; however the face does heal better than other areas of the body especially with a careful surgical closure. In addition, one of the key signs of aging is loss of lip volume and this procedure can naturally enhance that without the feeling of firmness that often accompanies lip filler injections.
What is the procedure like?
Prior to the procedure, I will mark your lips and provide initial anesthesia from the inside of your mouth. We give you the option of taking an oral sedative medication to help you relax prior to going into the operating room. The rest of the procedure takes about 30 minutes and is pain free throughout.
What is Recovery After an Upper Lip Lift Like?
The sutures will be in place for one week. You will be swollen initially and should not work out for one week. Mouth movement such as kissing, yelling and chewing should also be limited. Once the stitches are out, the incision will slowly heal but will be red for about a month. You can cover it with makeup after about 10 days.
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